Small manufacturers speaking out about sequester cut

Under the headline, “As Sequestration Looms, Contractors Don’t Fret,” the Washington Post (1/30, Censer, Tankersley) reports that “small manufacturers who supply the larger contractors are beginning to speak out about how sequester cuts would affect their businesses, said Chad Moutray, the chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers. Moutray said he holds out hope that Wednesday’s report on gross domestic product – and the large effects of spending cuts it showed – will push Democrats and Republicans back to the bargaining table to find a sequester alternative. ‘Hopefully, this is a little bit of a wake-up call,’ he said. ‘This is real. Government spending contracted 1.2 percent of GDP. That’s a big hit, and it’s just the beginning.'”

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